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Today Tesla announced the Model S with Ludicrous mode and new 100-kWh battery can provide either 315 miles EV range, or 0-60 times to rival 1000cc superbikes. “The Model S P100D with Ludicrous mode is the third fastest accelerating production car ever produced,” said the company in its blog post of an upgrade also available […]

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Media reports have seen hybrid-electric vehicles playing second fiddle to plug-ins, their U.S. sales have certainly declined, but the global market is on the rise. The source of this report is the automaker with the most to gain or lose – Toyota, which owns more than 80 percent of the global market share, and 73 […]

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Mercedes unveiled a new ultra luxurious coupe concept at 2016 Monterey Car Week, one of the world’s most prestigious motoring events. The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 is a 2+2 coupe, and the concept’s most defining feature is probably its enormous size. The concept measures 18.5 feet long (a bit short of the 20 feet that was […]

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Although media reports periodically focus on relatively low sales for plug-in electrified vehicles (PEVs), a few standout models are selling in numbers respectable even next to much-better established non-plug-in hybrids. The regular, non-plug-in hybrid market has had 16 years in the U.S. to get underway and today the two top sellers – the Toyota Prius […]

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Depending on who is spinning the news, plug-in hybrids may be the recipient of high praise, deep criticism, or to the dismay of advocates, they may completely fly under consumers’ radar – but sometimes even good new ideas take a while to sink in. Presented as a solution to radically cut petroleum and emissions just […]

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Imagine if automakers equipped cars with a gauge showing exactly how much money people were spending per second in direct response to their driving habits. And think if such a gauge could be calibrated to also show dollars per day, per week, month and year. Do you suspect that would get peoples’ attention more than […]

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General Motors can make a claim for its Chevy Volt battery pack that has eluded the competitive Nissan Leaf: there’s been zero battery degradation in the Volt. That topic came up during a recent media tour of the GM Brownstown battery assembly plant near Detroit. Most of the attention during that trip was given to […]

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The global plug-in electrified vehicle (PEV) market is picking up steam, beginning to fire on all cylinders … or, rather, scratch those legacy tech metaphors. Let’s just say it’s beginning to tap into the instant torque, humming forward now with increasing speed, and the top-10 best sellers are leading the way. When last we checked […]

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If you are one of those who’ve not been sufficiently attracted to an all-electric car, last month 7,762 other Americans thought differently. That was the number of U.S. consumers who went all the way from thinking about it, to signing on the dotted line, to whirring away in a shiny new EV. U.S. sales from […]

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As true in any competition, many contenders may vie, but only one can be the champion. And, now that the Rio Olympic games are underway, we thought we’d score another game with arguably higher stakes than gold, silver or bronze – the race by automakers to propel society away from excessive petroleum usage and climate […]

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